Basement Bro will be anxious to get off mark
BRO Ffestiniog aim to get off the mark for the season when they entertain Bethesda in Division One North this Saturday.
Currently bottom after straight losses, Bro were whipped 64-5 at home by Nant Conwy in their opener, but fared much better last weekend in a 20-12 reverse at Dolgellau.
The Quarrymen led 12-8 at half time and it took a big effort in the final quarter for Dol to turn the tables.
Five minutes in, Bro scrum-half Mathew Hayden broke free deep into Dolgellau territory. However, he was robbed by home prop Dan Brazier at the breakdown and he found centre Dylan Evans, who broke through several tackles to sprint clear to touch down. Five minutes later Dolgellau stand-off Gerwyn Thomas kicked a penalty.
Bro then dominated as their forwards gained ascendancy.
After 15 minutes a driving maul saw flanker Llion Kerry crash over for the try, Huw James converting.
Bro’s forwards pounded away and on 28 minutes the ball was spun wide to centre Aron Aspden to go over to give the visitors a deserved 12-8 lead at the interval.
Bro continued to boss it at the start of the second period, but Dolgellau brought on props Huw Jones and Dewi Pugh and their presence had immediate effect.
From a scrum 10 metres out, Dolgellau scrum-half Jac Roberts set up Evans for his second try, Thomas improving with the boot to give the hosts a slender 15-12 lead.
It was the home eight that now began to dominate and wing Gerwyn Pugh, flanker Danny Evans and No8 Dylan Llewelyn were all thwarted short of the try line.
However, they clinched the match with four minutes remaining, as Thomas’ magnificent crossfield kick was gleefully gathered by left wing Rhys Lewis to go over.